Aharon Davidi

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Aharon Davidi
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Aharon Davidi
DiedFebruary 11, 2012 (aged 8485)
Allegiance Flag of Israel.svg Israel
Service/branch Army
Years of service1953-1970
Rank Brigadier
Commands held Paratroopers Brigade
Battles/wars 1947–1949 Palestine war
Sinai Campaign
Six-Day War
Awards Medal of Courage
Other work Lecturer
Director of Community and Cultural Activities of the Golan and Jordan Valley

Aharon Davidi (1927 – February 11, 2012) [1] was an Israeli general and founder of the Sar-El volunteer program of the IDF. [2]

Israel country in the Middle East

Israel, also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

Sar-El organization

Sar-El, is a non-profit service organization, subordinate and under the direction of the Israeli Logistics Corps, for Israeli citizens living abroad, and who now wish to finalize their status with the military. The program is also open to non-Israeli citizens who wish to participate in a service program akin to national service, without enlisting in the Israeli Defense Forces. The program usually consists of three weeks of volunteer service on different rear army bases, doing non-combative work. The program also has one and two week service periods. In the case of non-Israelis, they must be aged 17 years or older, and in the case of Israeli citizens, they must be 30 years of age or older, and have for some reason or another not completed their national service requirement.

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He was born in Mandatory Palestine as the youngest son of an immigrant family from Bender (Bessarabia). At the age of fifteen, he served in the Haganah and Palmach. In the 1947–1949 Palestine war he fought on the southern front with the Negev Brigade, where he met his future wife, Hassida.

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In 1953, Davidi volunteered for the new IDF Paratroopers Brigade as a company commander. The next year, the unit was very active in operations and other dangerous missions behind enemy lines. Davidi and his company supported Ariel Sharon's Unit 101 in the raid on Qibya, he and Sharon remained close friends. He was decorated for actions in the Gaza strip in 1955 with the Medal of Courage. [3]

Paratroopers Brigade elite Israel Defense Forces unit

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Ariel Sharon prime minister of Israel and Israeli general

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Unit 101 special forces

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In the Sinai Campaign, Davidi, as Lieutenant-Colonel and regimental commander, played a decisive role in the battle of Mitla Pass. From 1965 to 1968, as a colonel, he was the first commander of the IDF Paratrooper and Infantry Corps. During the 1967 Six-Day War, Davidi commanded the decisive actions to capture Sharm-el-Sheik. When Raful Eitan was wounded in action, Davidi led his paratroopers to the Suez Canal.

Mitla Pass

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In 1970 he retired as Brigadier from active military service and spent three years at the University of London earning his MA and PhD. He focused on the cultural problems of Chinese minorities.

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Davidi began teaching geography at Tel Aviv University in 1974. Three years later, he moved to the Golan Heights as Director of Community and Cultural Activities of the Golan and Jordan Valley. In the summer of 1982, during the 1982 Lebanon War, Davidi founded the Sar-El IDF volunteer program which flourishes today with 5,000 world-wide volunteers a year. In 2010, Davidi won the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism. [4]

Tel Aviv University public university located in Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Davidi, who lived in Ramat Gan, had three children, 11 grandchildren. and two great-grandchildren. His sister, Rivka Davidit, was a Hebrew children's author and theater critic.

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Aharon Davidi died on February 11, 2012.

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  2. "Sar-el, History". Archived from the original on 2002-02-16.
  3. "Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Aharon Davidi". Archived from the original on 2010-12-15.
  4. "Moskowitz Prize winners, 2010". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14.